Author: Dave Farthing

The Mystery of the Brown Mountain Lights

On a cold, clear night in October, visitors to Wiseman’s View Overlook, north of Linville Falls in Burke County, North Carolina can see mysterious, ghostly lights rise above Brown Mountain, change colors and disappear from view. An old Cherokee legend says that the lights are the spirits of Indian maidens searching for their lost loves fallen in battle with the Catawba tribe in the year 1200. Science claims that the lights are refracted from the electric lights of nearby towns. Which is it?

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The Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer

If you love Appalachian folk music and want to learn to play a traditional instrument, you might consider taking up the Appalachian mountain dulcimer. More than any other traditional folk instrument like the fiddle or banjo, the dulcimer is easy for kids and adult beginners to learn. The soft, haunting sound of the dulcimer makes it a great choice for singing with, and there are plenty of free lessons, video performances, and sheet music available on the internet.

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